Six people were hospitalized with serious or life-threatening injuries or life-threatening injuries after Saturday’s wild parties around Western University, with dozens of people charged with being public harassment, jumping off rooftops and urinating in public.
While the police primarily kept the night owls calm and calm during the day – the Middlesex London Paramedic Service was called seven times and two people were brought to the hospital on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – it became much more dangerous in the evening and overnight.
“(We) saw an influx of service calls in the Broughdale area from 5:00 pm to 3:00 am, requiring an additional 68 emergencies and adding 30 people with various problems to the hospital,” said spokeswoman Miranda Bothwell .
“Six of these patients would have been classified as severe / critical.”
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About 2,000 people were at parties on Huron Street and the surrounding area near the university, police said. Broughdale Avenue, a block north of Huron and once a notorious site of massive gatherings, was closed by police for the day.
“Although there were no major incidents to report, the event was a significant burden for emergency services across the city of London,” said a police statement.
London police only released statistics for their daytime enforcement on Saturday, and although there were large parties well into the night, statistics on this are not available, police said.
The following summarizes the charges, arrests and tickets issued between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- 20. Provincial Offenses Act notices issued under the Liquor License Act;
- 66 Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMPs) have been imposed or are in progress for parking violations. Three vehicles were towed away;
- 12 AMPs are processed for the following offenses: noise, public insulting parties, using a closed street and urinating in public;
- 3 AMPs are issued to people under public nuisance by-law who are on rooftops;
- Zero penal code fees; and
- An arrest in which the person was given a warning and released without charge.
Police also released statistics from Project LEARN, the annual alcohol enforcement and noise reduction campaign to encourage “responsible behavior” among students.
Between September 5 and September 25, the enforcement action resulted in charges under the Ontario Reopening Act, 34 provincial criminal notices, 12 statutory notices and three arrests for drunkenness in a public place. These statistics do not include the enforcement that was conducted on Broughdale Avenue and the surrounding streets on Saturday.
In a written statement, Western University said the street parties do not represent the values ââof the school or those of its students.
“There is no excuse for breaking the law, taxing emergency responders and damaging public property,” it said, adding that the dangerous events put additional pressure on frontline workers. The school thanked the EMS staff for their commitment to the safety of the students.
The statement reminded students who attended the events to visit the on-campus testing center if they have COVID-19 symptoms.